Baby Mine by Kennedy Fox

5 STARS!!!!

Release Date: April 23, 2019

SYNOPSIS

I saw her first.
Blonde. Gorgeous. Feisty.
I was smitten.

But it didn’t matter because she chose him and he was my best friend and roommate. I’d never be able to compete with that, so I pushed her away instead. It was easy when she lived hours away, and I didn’t have to see her every day, but then she moved in with us. 
Now, I’m screwed.

To her singing in the shower every morning, dancing in the kitchen while she makes coffee, and doing yoga in our living room, I can’t stop thinking about her in all the wrong ways. She’s not mine and never will be, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to push her against a wall and claim her mouth.

She’s constantly on me for making messes, bringing chicks home every weekend, and being a smartass when their PDA gets on my nerves. Considering neither of them know how I feel, it’s not fair for the way I act toward them. I should move out so I can get over her for good; however, the selfish part of me can’t let go. 

And then the unthinkable happens… 
When my best friend dies in a motorcycle accident, the two of us are left to grieve our loss together. Instead of pushing her away, I pull her closer. 

Just as we come to terms with our new reality, she finds out she’s pregnant with his baby. 
And I’m left to make the hardest decision of my life.

REVIEW

OMG. OMG. OMG. I need Baby Yours RIGHT NOW. Kennedy Fox took angsty to a-whole-nother level, and I was NOT prepared. I loved this book. I was smitten with the opening scene and was devastated by the kitchen scene. The more I read the more invested I became in Hunter’s happiness. I think the hard part was the fact that I didn’t hate Brandon and Lennon together. In fact, if I wasn’t so invested in Hunter, I would totally be rooting for them in this book. BUT NOPE, Hunter is the book boyfriend and I wanted him to be the happy one.

This story just keeps punching you in the feels though, so don’t worry about that. Seriously, I love the development of the different plot points that all add into the craziness that is this story. There is just the right amount of things going on to keep it interesting and keep you utterly enthralled. This is a duet, so my advice to you is as follows:

  1. Prepare mentally.
  2. Who am I kidding?! There is no preparing.
  3. Buy Baby Mine
  4. Start reading and enjoy the ride
  5. Get to the ending
  6. FREAK OUT
  7. SCREAM
  8. Possibly cry?
  9. Flail with me
  10. Read Forever Mine
  11. Feel a tiny, tiny bit of closure
  12. Count down the days until Baby Yours releases: May 23rd.

Your very own 12-step program.

Anyway, I’m guessing you can tell I loved this book and would give it all the damn stars! I cannot wait for Baby Yours!

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It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch

5 STARS!!

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Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: February 26, 2019

Synopsis: Marry or lose their estate; that’s the devil’s bargain he and his brothers must follow. But wild Highlander Niall MacTaggert’s stubborn oldest brother wants nothing to do with marrying the sophisticated, pinky-out Lady Amelia-Rose his mother has chosen for him, even to save their land. Niall’s only goal is to soften up the London socialite, and show his brother the warm beauty behind the shiny, polished front. But what Niall doesn’t expect to find is the woman of his dreams…

Review: I completely fell in love with the leads in this book. Niall MacTaggert. Yes, another new book boyfriend. He’s little wild, a little messy, but caring and level-headed when you need him to be. Lady Amelia-Rose is this strong woman who just doesn’t fit into “proper” English society, and I love her that much more for it. Their character development was great, and getting to know them both was so much fun.

If you’ve read some of my reviews before, you may know I’m a sucker for families in romance series, and this is no exception. The family dynamics of the MacTaggert’s are pretty nutty, but I think it’s going to make for an amazing series. I cannot wait to find out about the other two brothers, and see the relationship they build with their mother and sister!

This is just a fun romp through messy relationships, bargains, English ladies, and sexy Scottish men. While you’ll definitely feel the emotions, you will also have quite a few good laughs along the way. I’d definitely recommend this one to my fellow romance readers.

Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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COVER REVEAL: Baking with a Rockstar by Jasmin Miller

Brooksville Series Book 1

Standalone, Contemporary Romance/New Adult

Author: Jasmin Miller

Release date: February 28th, 2019

Cover designer: Alyssa Garcia, Uplifting Designs

Synopsis: When a rockstar and a single mom become roommates, delicious sparks are bound to fly. Rockstar Hudson Mitchell is over the glitz and spotlight of the music industry. Desperate for a break from the fast-paced life of fame, he retreats to the one place that has always been home. Brooksville, California. It’s the same place where Charlie has taken refuge, trying to build a life for herself and her young daughter. The quiet, small-town atmosphere and her new bakery venture are exactly what she needs to pick up the pieces of her shattered past. As they spend more time together, neither of them is prepared for the effect Charlie has on Hudson, and how important she would become for his career.

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About the Author

Jasmin Miller is a professional lover of books and cake (preferably together) as well as a fangirl extraordinaire. She loves to read and write kissing books and never misses a chance to swoon over characters. Originally from Germany, she now lives in the western US with her husband and three little humans that keep her busy day and night.

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Excerpt

“Charlie, where do you want me next?” Hudson’s voice sounds from behind me, making me jump.

The hairs on the back of my neck rise at the sound of his rich voice—the deep timbre almost echoing across the room—as I spin around to face him. “Gosh, Hudson, can you please stop sneaking up on me like that?”

I slap his shoulder lightly, leaving a nice flour mark on his black T-shirt.

Good. Serves him right.

Today is our second day together at “work,” and I still have to get used to him being around. Thankfully, I barely saw him yesterday, since he was helping one of the contractors fix a few things outside the building while I hid in my office, hunched over a pile of papers to make sure everything’s going according to plan. I wonder if Hudson stayed away from me on purpose, giving me some time to get used to him. I’m almost certain he knows how easily some people get overwhelmed by his presence.

He grimaces, but the mischief is clearly displayed in the way his eyes sparkle. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to, but you were so absorbed in your work. There could be a meteor coming your way, and you wouldn’t know it until it hit you.”

Well, he’s got me there. When I focus on something, it’s easy for me to zone out. “Very funny.”

I glare at him playfully and study him for a moment, taking him in, from his black T-shirt all the way to his dark gray jeans that are paired with black boots. His whole outfit is covered in dust, dirt, and a few specks of paint. He looks every bit the busy worker bee he’s been, and since I’m not blind—and my hormones practically demand it—I have to admit, he couldn’t look sexier.

What Readers Say

“Sweet, sexy and funny! This is a rockstar romance that had me SWOONING and LAUGHING! Add the fact that this book also satisfied my cake addiction and we end up with a seriously fun read!-Heather, Book and a Blanket

“This story was fun and an easy read with fun-loving characters. I instantly fell in love with Hudson and the immediate bond he had with Mira. The love story between Hudson and Charlie is beautiful and just about proves that good things happen to good people.” -Drippin_inmelanin, Goodreads

“Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit, this was so cute. If you’re looking for something light to read on a lazy afternoon, this is pretty perfect. It’s just a really great “make-you-feel-good” kind of book.” -Dylan, Goodreads

“The story was unexpected, cheerful, heartbreaking, and made me feel all things at once!” -Kendra, Goodreads

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

4 STARS

Release Date: January 29, 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Review:

Alright, so overall I did enjoy this book. It is a retelling that has been done, so some of the elements were predictable. Harper is from our world, and dealing with quite a lot. What I love about her is that she is always standing up for what is right, even when she finds herself in the world of Emberfall. She has a lot to deal with and I think she does it well.

Rhen and Grey are both likable in their own right, but I don’t feel like I got to know enough about them. There is a lot going on towards the end, and then there’s a nice kicker at the end that has to do with the male leads.

Harper also has Cerebral Palsy, and while I respect the fact that the author clearly wanted to have some ability representation, I also felt it could have been executed a little better. I have lots of opinions, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so feel free to connect with me to chat about it!

Overall, I think that this book would be great for YA fans that love fantasy and haven’t read Beauty and the Beast retellings before.

Special thank you to Bloomsbury for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

5 STARS!

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis:

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Review:

Okay. I LOVE CHRISTINA LAUREN BOOKS! While I love some of their books more than others, I consistently know I will get a creative romance read no matter what. This book didn’t remind me of any other book I’ve read, which is saying something since I’ve read hundreds of romance books.

When it come to characters, an element I love is close families. Olive’s family may annoy her at times, but at the end of the day, they are the family that supports and loves each other. Something I appreciated about Olive, was that she is still growing. She’s hilarious, and I totally related to her. I always joke that I have the worst luck. Also, I have an affection for bad liars, it really makes for some great comedy! Ethan, Ethan, Ethan. I really wish I had gotten more from him, but I think that is mostly due to it all being in Olive’s perspective. He does give some amazing apologies, so that is a definite plus in the pros column.

Plotwise, this is a damn rollercoaster, and I loved it! You’d think with so many things happening, it would be overwhelming, but the authors did a beautiful job of weaving all of the elements together. I was engrossed in this story and stayed up until 4am to finish it. Yeah, not smart, but it just couldn’t be avoided. I just needed to know what happened! So, I read this book in one sitting, and would definitely recommend it to my fellow romance readers!

Special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday

3 Stars

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Release Date: January 29, 2019

Publisher: Forever Romance

Synopsis: Gia Gallo is officially in bridesmaid hell. Stranded in New York with her best friend’s wedding dress, Gia has six days to make it to Florida in time for the ceremony. And oh-so-charming best man Bennett Buchanan has taken the last available rental car. Looks like she’s in for one long road trip with the sexiest – and most irritating – Southern gentleman she’s ever met…

Bennett’s pretty sure that if there was ever a woman to break his “no flings” rule, Gia would be it. Sure, she’s stubborn. She’s also funny, smart, and the attraction between them is getting hotter with every state line they cross. While Bennett doesn’t do casual, Gia doesn’t do “relationships.” But if they break the rules, this unlikely pair might discover that their impromptu road trip could turn out to be the best ride of their lives.

Review: So I have really mixed feelings about this book. I think that some people will love this romance read, and I definitely didn’t dislike it. I haven’t read the first two books in the series, and while you don’t necessarily need to, I think it would have made the story even better. There are elements of the story that I really enjoyed, such as the way Gia and Bennett get suck together, and end up sharing so much of themselves with each other. I usually like flawed characters, but both Gia and Bennett really irritated me right off the bat. Even though the happy ending put a smile on my face, I realized I just dislike both of them, which is a personal problem. Haha. I would still recommend this to fellow romance readers, and I’m still thinking about checking out the first two books in the series!

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Sidelined by Suzanne Baltzar

3.5 Stars

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Release Date: August 27, 2019

Publisher: Gallery

Synopsis: When Connor McGuire loses out on his dream job of being the head coach of the local high school football team, he thinks life can’t get any worse. Then he discovers just who got the coveted position—it was a handout to the kid of a well-known, successful college coach. Connor’s sure this is just a publicity stunt, but the kid turns out to be not only a sharp strategist, but a driven and sexy young woman, too. Frustrated in more ways than one, Connor realizes that he might have to step up his game or risk losing altogether.

Coach Charlotte “Charlie” Gibb calls a flag on the play when she finds out that her very male, very attractive, but definitely-rooting-for-her-to-lose assistant coach resents her for taking what he considers to be his rightful position. But never one to back down from a little healthy competition, Charlie is determined to prove her worth—both on and off the field.

Review: What I love most about this book is Charlie. The position of power, all the work she did to get there, and how she persists through all the crap thrown at her. She’s strong, but still expresses her emotions. She pretty much defies being categorized, and I absolutely love that too! She’s just a very real character. I was even annoyed with her at times, but her realness is what makes the story. Connor is slightly redeemable, but I could take him or leave him. I do like the friend group Connor has though. The story also has some relevant social justice issues that I appreciated. Overall, it was a cute romance read.

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Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson

5 STARS!!

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Release Date: May 28, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis:

Bonnie Blythe has modeled her life after her favorite books. If only her fiancé would get on the same page and agree to a wedding date.

She’s not at all bitter that her best friend is getting married to a man she’s known for less than a year, and Bonnie most definitely isn’t thinking about the best man to be, Theo Wharton. It’s just whenever she talks with the blue-eyed Brit, sparks fly.

When a shocking reveal ends Bonnie’s engagement, she accepts a summer teaching job at Cambridge—only an hour away from Theo. Bonnie isn’t ready for a new relationship, but the chemistry between her and Theo is impossible to ignore. But Theo’s been hiding the truth about his identity; will Bonnie be able to weather the plot twist and grab the happily ever after of her dreams?

Review:

Heavy-handed there much, Lady Catherine? Bonnie had often wished to be in the middle of an Austen novel. Only now that she was, she couldn’t wait to escape.”

Okay, the moment when Bonnie meets Theo in Getting Hot with the Scot, I just knew I needed their story. Smitten by the Brit did NOT disappoint. Bonnie is always spouting off Shakespeare and Austen, which makes me love her even more. She’s been with the same guy since she was just a little girl, and she cast him, her best friend, and herself in the roles of Anne of Green Gables. She’s a total book nerd, which I’m sure many of us can relate to. She is just so sweet, yet strong, and I really enjoy that in a female character.

Don’t even get me started on the dashing and chivalrous Theo. Just kidding, I definitely want to talk about one of my new book boyfriends. We got a peek at the amazingness that is Theo when he helped Cassie in Getting Hot with the Scot, but man you really get to see it in this story. He is just always trying to do what’s right. But he does get to experience the saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Will he completely screw everything up, that question is exactly what kept me sucked in to the very end.

And did I mention Theo’s sister helps Bonnie plan a hen party, which ends up being Harry Potter themed?! YES, this book is THAT AWESOME. I already preordered my physical copy, because I need to hold this piece of heaven in my hands.

Special thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Tumble by Adriana Locke

5 STARS!!

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Release Date: February 26, 2019

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Synopsis:

After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.

Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.

What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?

Review:

Dane Madden. DANE MADDEN. That seriously could be my whole review, and not because I stayed up until 3:30am to finish this in one sitting.

Adriana Locke does it again, and by it, I mean wrote an amazing romance story that had me smiling like a fool by the end. First of all, I’m a sucker for a single dad romance. Second, there is a strong and independent female lead. Third, there is an amazing friend group that I’m dying to know more about.

Okay, let’s start with Dane. He is always trying to do the right thing, but tends to mess it up somehow–let’s just say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. His relationship with his daughter is the freakin’ cutest thing ever. Plus, he just has this whole hot-caring-man-ness about him throughout the book that I just love.

Then there is Neely, who has every right to be completely pissed and heartbroken about what happened so long ago. She is strong and chasing a dream despite the heartbreak, and I just admire her for that. Her journey throughout this story is just so relatable for women “doing it all.”

Lastly, while I’m loving all of the friends, Penn is the silly playboy with a heart of gold that I can’t wait to see fall hard. His book, I’m HERE FOR IT!

Long story short, READ THIS BOOK!

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You’d be Mine by Erin Hahn

ALL THE STARS!!!

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Release Date: April 2, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books

Synopsis:

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

Review:

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I am so in love with characters that are realistically flawed. Both Annie and Clay have been through trauma that impacts how they function in the world. They mess up, they get emotional, and they handle things pretty poorly at times. With all that, the message of this book still comes though loud and clear; you are capable of overcoming your traumatic experiences, even though it can be hard as hell.

Seriously, this book is a damn emotional rollercoaster in the best way. Annie Mathers is messy and kind and caring. Clay is a complete mess, but just trying to find his way. I may have hated him a couple times, but it never stuck. They both have a strong support system, but the way they utilize them is another story.  The characters pull at your heart strings, that’s for sure. I don’t want to give to much away, but if you’re looking for a book that makes you feel all the emotions, this is the one for you.

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Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.

Do not read further if you don’t want PLOT SPOILERS!

Counselor Considerations:

Main Characters’ Ages: 18-19

Social/Emotional: Family: Death of Parents (Suicide, Overdose, Cancer), Death of Sibling (Military), Friends as family, Supportive Family  Social: Social expectations, Mending Friendships, Empathy, Change, Judgement, Underaged Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Attention Seeking Behavior, Unhealthy Relationships, Sex, Virginity, People Pleasing, Childhood Trauma, Building your own Support System

College/Career: Navigating Career with Fame, Personal Life Impacts Career, Responsibility, High School Dropout, Back to College

Academic: N/A

Happy Ever After (HEA)